In a recent study published in the prestigious journal, International Psychogeriatrics, the data revealed that more people suffer from severe loneliness at three peak periods in their lives. The study showed that people reported the most loneliness in their late 20s, their late 50s, and their late 80s. Any family caregiver with an aging adult that is in their late 80s should pay attention to any signs that their loved one is experiencing chronic loneliness, then take steps to fix that.
Germ control is not just something you should do when your parent is at home.
Whenever your aging parent leaves the house, whether it is to run an errand or go visit a friend, they are exposing themselves to a wide variety of germs that can make them vulnerable to illness and infection. Being prepared to combat these germs helps to keep your senior healthier, and avoid the potentially serious complications that can result from illnesses such as the flu or ...
Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening and can make your senior feel as though they are completely out of control in their life. This can be not only upsetting, but scary, and even overwhelm your parent, and make it more difficult for them to know what to do moving forward. As a family caregiver, you can make a tremendous difference to your parent by empowering them throughout their fight with this disease.
By supporting your parent, and encouraging them ...
We know you worry about your elderly mom.
Her health and safety are your responsibility, especially if she is limited physically or mentally. Many elderly adults have chronic illnesses, diseases, injuries or the diminishing effects of old age. Seniors who are frail or otherwise disabled can suffer from slip and fall accidents that can really hurt them. They can get concussions, bruises, cuts, and even broken bones when they fall.
Most slip and fall accidents happen in the bathroom, due to the slick ...
We’ve all seen the commercials where an elderly lady falls and calls out, “Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”
While those commercials have been the butt of many jokes over the years, the truth is that medical alert systems can be extremely beneficial to older adults.
If your aging parent is at risk for falling or other situations that may make them need emergency help, a medical alert system can offer both the older adult and family caregivers peace of mind ...
It’s not uncommon for people of all ages to occasionally suffer a burn injury. Older adults whose hands don’t work as well as they once did may accidentally burn themselves in the kitchen. Or, they might spend a little too much time outside and get a sunburn. As a family caregiver to an aging family member, it can be quite handy to know how to identify a minor burn and how you can treat it at home.
Knowing When to Get Help
Watching a parent go through the stages of Alzheimer's is hard. It's also hard wondering if you'll end up with the disease too. Experts do think there are ways you can lower your risk. Taking these measures could help and don't take much effort. Here the recommended measures.
If you're overweight, many believe that increases your risk. Take strides to lose weight now. Don't look at your target weight. Start by taking your current weight and trying to lose 10 percent ...
In many places around the country the winter is finally on its way out and the spring is coming in, which means warmer weather, sunnier days, and the emergence of beautiful flowers, grass, and other plants. While this can be a wonderful time to get out of the house and start enjoying some fresh air and activities, for many people it can mean the start of spring allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, approximately 50 million ...
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National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month is May and if you are feeling stressed and anxious as a caregiver for your aging mother, it could be affecting many aspects of your life, including blood pressure. Blood pressure essentially measures the pressure in the arteries while your heart is beating as well as when it is at rest.
There are two numbers associated with blood pressure, the systolic and diastolic. The systolic is the first number, or the higher of ...